Teens stage 'lie-in' outside White House for gun reform

Teens stage 'lie-in' outside White House for gun reform

Teens stage 'lie-in' outside White House for gun reform

Moments earlier, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump ordered the Justice Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to review bump fire stocks, which she said had been completed.

Washington state Governor Jay Inslee called for a state ban on the attachments after the Las Vegas massacre.

Parents and teachers joined teenagers in laying at the gates of the White House on Monday local time in protest over U.S. gun laws they say allowed a 19-year-old man to kill 17 people in a school shooting in Florida.

USA president, Donald Trump informed on Tuesday an event on that he had directed Jeff Sessions, an Attorney General to resolve these recent guidelines for declaring the bump stocks devices as illegal very soon, acknowledging law enforcement bravery.

The planned clampdown would target rapid-fire bump stocks similar to those used in the Las Vegas massacre a year ago.

The announcement is considered to be Trump's first definitive action regarding extension of gun control regulations.

Mr Trump, who visited survivors of the shooting last Friday, is a strong supporter of gun rights and won the endorsement of the National Rifle Association for his 2016 presidential campaign.

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The NRA, following the shooting in Las Vegas, announced that the organisation supports bans on bump stocks, so long as the ban were implemented within the framework of existing laws and regulatory powers.

On Wednesday, Trump will host parents, teachers and students at the White House for a "listening session" that will include people impacted by mass shootings in Parkland, Columbine, Colorado and Newtown.

'Whether we are Republican or Democrat, we must now focus on strengthening Background Checks!' he wrote.

Trump has largely tried to avoid the politically divisive gun debate, instead blaming mass shootings such as the one from last week on mental-health issues. GOP leaders have drafted the legislation in response to the shootings at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead.

"I think that's certainly something that's on the table for us to discuss and that we expect to come up over the next couple of weeks", Sanders said. A total of 17 people died after Nikolas Cruz walked into the high school with an AR-15 on February 14 and opened fire on students and staff.

Since then, DOJ and ATF officials have said publicly and privately that banning bump stocks could not be achieved unilaterally.

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